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Doesn’t sound that much more expensive than a new sewing machine, but yes, rather specialized.

“less than 15 min task”? Do you have to thread those "The Read 24 Maxi has 23 half space rows. Included are 47 needles.”?  

With my eyesight, it can take me that long to thread a single sewing machine needle! (I have a 70s vintage Singer, with metal gears. No auto threading of the needle. With my poor eyesight, I have to remove the needle from the machine in order to get close enough to it to be able to see the hole to thread the needle. Then I have to stick it into the machine. With correct rotation). 

Oh well. Early period garb. No need for button holers or smocking. :-)

I do wonder if I’d do more sewing than once or twice in 5 years, if I did have an auto needle threader. 

When did pleating come into use/fashion?

Stefan


> On Nov 13, 2014, at 9:23 AM, Eleanor Deyeson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Having a friend who DOES have one (in Michigan) I know that they are also trixy little machines, and moderately easy to screw up. She won't loan hers out for that reason, because even well-meaning but non-expert users or an accidental drop can cause serious problems.  So it probably would be best if one person bought it, and then charged others a small usage fee, while the owner supervised the process.
> 
> I know I would bring several projects to pleat, if someone brought one of these to Clothiers or Bobbin & Weaving. I've seen the magic, and I'm willing to pay for the machine to turn hours and hours into less than 15 min task. (Well, you still need to iron & starch it first.)
> 
> Gallazandra does a fair bit of pleatwork, anyone else?
> 
> Eleanor Deyeson

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